Statement by Premier King on World Mental Health Day

Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King today issued the following statement recognizing World Mental Health Day: 

“Today, October 10, marks World Mental Health Day and an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own mental health and what we can do to support those around us who may be struggling. 

2020 has been a year like no other. Together, we have faced challenge after challenge, and we are still finding our way through to a new normal while living with COVID-19. Throughout these past few months, Islanders have shown incredible resilience, kindness and courage in the face of difficult times. 

Mental health is everyone’s business. We have all experienced moments when we have felt anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, sad and even afraid. For some, those feelings will go away after a short time; for others, they are present all the time and may even grow into something more serious that impacts their overall well-being – this can happen to anyone of us. 

Since the onset of the pandemic, our mental health care teams have been able to adapt many programs and services available in communities across the province. They have also introduced new ones through telehealth to make them more accessible from the comfort of home or anywhere you are – simply call or text to connect with a trained mental health professional. If you need help, please reach out. They are there to support you. 

Today, and every day, I encourage Islanders to talk openly about their mental health struggles and well-being. The more we talk about mental health the more we challenge the stigma that prevents many from reaching out for help. Together, we can support the mental health of Islanders and truly make a difference for generations to come.”   

For more information on mental health care offered across Prince Edward Island, visit: Mental Health Services.

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